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By Sarah This article was originally published in the Nagle Forge & Foundry newsletter between 2002 & 2003. Due to space constraints (& printing costs) the original article had to be heavily edited. As many people commented at the time that they found this article useful we have decided to revise and expand it prior

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Birth Stones

Historical Birthstones, Modern Birthstones: Your Birth Stone Over the years we have been asked –by, it sometimes seems, everyone– to show examples of the January birthstone, the April birthstone, Mom’s birthstone, Dad’s birthstone, my birthstone: We always answer people the same way, “Pick a stone, any stone. It has probably been (or will be) the

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What They Are, How They Work, Where They Go: (& why they have two names)! History, fashion, common usage, & our own stubborn refusal to move with the times and gracefully accept the changes of the modern age (anything post 1840 –actually we have accepted a lot of post 1840 changes, just not when it

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Custom Pewter Work

As a courtesy, Nagle Forge & Foundry provides custom design and casting services for Clans, Clubs, Bands, Corporations and Events interested in creating a quality commemorative pin or medallion. All of our custom pewter work is done to the same high standards when making our own designs. And all of our custom commissions are made

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Making One’s Mark

The present day expression ‘making one’s mark,’ implying some special achievment, is based upon traditions that date back at least 700 years. In the Middle Ages, a craftsman producing a product marked that product with a special symbol denoting that he or his shop (or she or her shop –more on women metal workers of

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Pearl Wisdom

5 Things You Should Never Do With (or to) Your Pearls: And a few reasons why. 1) Never Knot Your Pearls. There are two ways to knot pearls: One is good, one is very bad. The first (good) type of knotting consists of small knots tied between each bead (i.e., pearl) in a strand. This

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By Brian Nagle Originally printed in the Northern California newsletter in 1998 The close of the Renaissance Faire Season means that Fall is here. And right in back of fall, of course, is the holiday season. You know that means gift giving, or should I say mall wandering for most men? It’s become a tradition

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Not For Men Only

By Brian Nagle (1997) This year’s column is about old clothes, dining out, and romance –witten from one man’s point of view (mine, of course). This all started when I was standing on the supermarket checkout line and was forced to look at those magazines, the ones with the pictures of women on the covers

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For Men Only

by Brian Nagle (1994-1995) Women must have a genetic advantage that allows them to shop with ease and grace. Or maybe it’s cultural. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a product of nature or nurture, but one thing is certain: Women keep most of the shopping secrets to themselves. Women long to receive that special gift,

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